"Oskar has been accepted to Newcastle University and he is over the moon. We are certain that the revision course helped him along the way and we are extremely pleased with the help he got from you."
Easter Revision Courses for A-level candidates have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a fresh look at the key topics in the chosen subject and providing an intensive overview of the specified core material. Oxford Tutorial College is one of the more established providers of such courses, having successfully organised revision courses since 1984 and developed an effective and thorough format for delivering them. Revision Courses provide an enormous boost at a critical time to students who are seeking to maximise their potential. Courses are offered at both AS and A2 level. GCSE courses in the core subjects are also available on a non-residential basis.
Students who enrol with us are typically seeking well-organised and highly-structured courses and are therefore taught in small groups of typically up to no more than10 students geared specifically towards the demands of the examinations. Care is taken to establish the precise topics and options students are preparing for the exams.
Subject material is reviewed in an efficient and clear manner, with specific reference to previous exam questions, to ensure familiarity with their style and format. Careful guidance is provided with answering technique and the course includes a timed test to help evaluate areas for improvement. Students are given advice as to how to organise and prioritise their revision over the crucial final weeks. Where particular difficulties are encountered with the more problematic topics, care is taken to explain these fully.
The course is based at Brasenose College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, and at Oxford Tutorial College, where the excellent facilities include a library, computer room and student common room. The environment is an ideal one for thorough, intensive study, and students are invariably inspired by the tranquil surroundings. Both residential and non-residential places are available, accommodation being within the walls of Brasenose College, in the historic heart of Oxford.
Easter Course structure
The course takes place over six days and combines intensive subject teaching sessions, a timed assessment test and seminars devoted to study skills, especially revision and examination technique. Students are placed in either a morning (08.30/09.00 – 13.00) or afternoon stream (14.00 – 18.00/18.30) to cover one subject. Students can also choose the intensive option of two streams meaning additional hours and fees, but this offers the chance to cover two subject areas. Occasionally, in the case of less common subjects or options where a student is the only one enrolled for a particular specification, individual tutorials take place which allow the tutor to concentrate entirely on the student's unique needs. This may be the case, for example, with certain English Literature texts or History period options. In such instances, students follow a timetable divided between individual tutorials and directed study time consisting of ten hours teaching, with supervised preparation and revision timetabled at other times, in addition to the test and study skills schedules.
A report with comments on progress and performance during the week and advice on how to use the final weeks of exam preparation are sent to each student within a week of the conclusion of the course.
To apply for a place to study on either one or two streams, please complete and send our on-line application form. We will then contact you again to confirm availability. You will be asked at this stage to remit the course fees to reserve your place on the course. You will be sent registration information and joining instructions by return of email.
Residential accommodation is at Brasenose College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, located on Radcliffe Square, less than a 4 minute walk from Oxford Tutorial College. There has been an educational hall on this site since the thirteenth century, though Brasenose College can properly be said to date from 1509 when it was founded by Sir Richard Sutton, a lawyer, and William Smith, Bishop of Lincoln.
Each student has a single study bedroom within the college. The rooms are arranged on 'staircases' on one of the three 'quads', with shared bathroom facilities. Bedrooms are centrally heated and have their own desks and washbasins. Meals are taken in the dining hall: breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided. Where requested, arrangements are made for special dietary needs.
Careful supervision of the residential arrangements is provided by Deans, living on-site, who ensure that students are comfortable in their accommodation and that domestic difficulties are speedily resolved. They encourage students to use their time sensibly; homework and preparation are set each evening and residential staff help create a positive environment conducive to study.
|"Matthew achieved an A in English, and has a place at Durham to read Archaeology. I know that the revision course gave him the confidence he needed to tackle a paper that he was anxious about."|
Competence in study skills is crucial to success; lack of such competence is the most common, and most curable, cause of under-performance in public exams. The successful student needs to be able to organise study time, make good use of study materials, take effective summarised notes, revise and learn material efficiently, understand the focus of exam questions, write clearly-argued answers, respond well to stimulus material and organise exam time effectively. In addition to the support in the classroom, special study skills sessions are available to help students improve these skills.